Celebrity photographer, and Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s A-list member Rohan Shrestha recently took up an exciting new project in collaboration with National Basketball Association (NBA) to launch a first-of-its-kind coffee table book, HOME COURT – Inside India’s Unique Basketball Communities. We got in touch with him to know more about this creative endeavour. By Bayar Jain
Tell us a little bit about HOME COURT.
HOME COURT is my first ever book, and to collaborate with a stalwart name like the NBA (National Basketball Association) is truly an honour. The book brings to light the unique basketball communities we have in India and the passion of basketball enthusiasts, players, coaches, teams and individuals from places like New Delhi, Dharamshala, Mumbai, Gangyap (Sikkim) and Periyakulam (Tamil Nadu). Through this book, I have tried capturing their hidden stories.
What inspired you to take up this project?
I have always been a sports fan and have been following basketball for a while. I love working documentary style as well, so putting it all together was a no brainer for me.
You travelled to multiple cities for this project. Which city resonated the most with you?
Sikkim as a state was my favourite. It’s absolutely stunning, the people are wonderful, and I understand Nepali, so that also helped.
Any plans on taking this project beyond Indian borders, and covering international basketball communities as well? If so, where would you like to begin?
Its been a great collaboration with the league and because I love creating a powerful visual story, I would be glad to take this up in any country! This has been an eye-opening experience and very inspiring for me as a photographer.
Cities or smaller towns – your preferred setting for a shoot?
Both. The book is a blend of cities and small towns which give a wonderful mix. It even helps gain a good understanding of modern India.
When packing for a destination shoot, what are your must-haves (apart from photography equipment)?
Fluoride free toothpaste.
Any Indian city you wished you could have covered during this shoot but did not get the chance to?
The basketball scene in Punjab.
If you could take only one person with you to a remote island – dead or alive – who would you take? And why?
My girlfriend. Why is self-explanatory!
Group or solo – your preferred vacation?
You’re constantly on the move. Where are you headed next?
Depends, where are you taking me next?